Prep 45 mins
Cook 35 mins
Back in the 60's, we had a newly emigrated neighbor from Germany, who taught my DH how to make yeast bread--with THIS recipe. It has graced our Christmas morning table every year since--and 2 loaves hardly last for the next day. He usually makes them the week before and wraps in plastic wrap, puts in a plastic garbage bag, and freezes until Christmas Eve. Goes well with your favorite strata.
- Place all candied fruit (except halved cherries) in colander, wash off all sticky coating. Drain until as dry as possible.
- Have raisins and nuts ready, but do not add to fruit at this time.
- Heat water,milk, and margarine until 115-125°F Margarine does not need to melt completely.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine 2 cups flour and all other dry ingredients.
- Pour liquid with margarine into bowl with dry ingredients, and beat with electric mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes.
- Add 1/2 cup flour and eggs, beat on high for 2 minutes.
- Stir in remaining flour until desired consistency occurs.
- Knead until satiny and elastic.
- Place dough in buttered bowl and turn dough so that buttered side is up.
- Cover with damp towel and let rise in warm place until dough doubles in size (1-2 hours).
- Sprinkle a little flour over drained fruit and toss to coat.
- Punch down dough and spread on floured surface.
- Add all fruit, raisins and nuts, and knead until all are incorporated into dough.
- It may be necessary to add a little flour, since the fruit may make the dough sticky.
- Divide dough in 1/2 and roll into 2 ovals, each 9x15 inches.
- Brush one oval with melted butter, leaving 1 inch around edge unbuttered.
- Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.
- Fold over and seal edges securely to form crescent.
- Repeat with second oval.
- Let rise about 1- 1/2 hours until double in size.
- Brush with melted butter.
- Bake at 375°F for about 35 minutes.
- While hot, spread with white sugar frosting and decorate with halved maraschino cherries and pecan halves.
- Preparation time does not include rising time.
Great Christmas Stollen! Made for two beautiful loaves of rich and wonderful tasting fruited bread. Both the teenager and I did the taste test before wrapping and freezing for Christmas, we agreed - awesome! Made as posted and wouldn't change a thing. Initially taking less than the five cups to get the satiny elastic dough - with flouring the fruit and second kneading the five cups of flour were right on for my flour. I see a new Christmas tradition in the making ... thank you Janey and Maria - your Stollen recipe has been added to my Holiday Cookbook.
Away from home and all my recipes and cookbooks, I was glad to find a similar recipe to the one I usually make. My only change (and I think this was a typo), was the 2 1/4 oz yeast. I think that 2 packages of 1/4 oz each was what was meant, and that was what I used. Thanks, NurseJaney, Shari (also a Nurse)